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Parksville’s Tigh-Na-Mara unveils $2.5M investment, featuring ‘The Grotto’

Resort named named Canada’s No. 1 spa by Spas of America
Tigh-Na-Mara’s Grotto Spa recently underwent major renovations and upgrades. (Contributed photo)

Parksville’ Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre recently unveiled its latest transformation, ‘The Grotto.’

The resort, named Canada’s No. 1 spa by Spas of America, underwent a $2.5-million investment that includes updates such as renovated locker rooms and an added experience called The Grotto, a blend of nature-inspired elements featuring the introduction of four cedar barrel saunas set in an outdoor garden patio.

The Grotto, according to Tigh-Na-Mara’s news release, will be a multifaceted experience, designed to elevate the guest journey within the spa.

On the outdoor patio, adjoining the mineral pool, guests will discover a relaxing garden patio oasis featuring four cedar barrel saunas and outdoor showers, nestled among picturesque rock formations and lush greenery, forming a tranquil sauna garden.

The Grotto invites guests to embark on a two-hour communal journey, fostering connections with family, friends, and fellow spa-goers in a social environment. Offering a free-flow leisure experience, guests will enjoy their own personal wellness journey at their own pace, while benefiting from nature’s healing elements of hot and cold, rest, water and fresh air.

Pioneered by the resort owners, it was inspired by their global quest for optimal spa experiences.

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“The cedar barrel saunas offer a rare place where technology takes a back seat, and it is the ideal space to be present and disconnect from digital distractions,” said Brian Cocks, managing director at Tigh-Na-Mara.

As the spa celebrates its 20th anniversary and its ranking as the No. 1 spa in Canada, Tigh-Na-Mara considers this renovation as a significant milestone as it ushers in a new era of self- guided care and fostering connections through the philosophy of “Connecting in Nature’s Elements.”

Key highlights of The Grotto experience include:

• Signature Indoor Environment: Mineral Pool, invigorating cool-splash waterfall, whirlpool and lounge areas. Designed to emulate a natural stone grotto, the warm water pool is infused with minerals and trace elements to detoxify the body and rejuvenate the spirit.

• Enhanced Outdoor Social Environment: Encouraging guests to connect with friends and family in a rejuvenating ambiance with cedar barrel saunas, outdoor showers, stone fire tables and plush lounge chairs, promoting relaxation and meaningful interactions.

• Exclusive Entry Experience: All guests will receive two-hour access to The Grotto at a nominal fee of $95.

— NEWS Staff

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